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Good news! The author of the home movie shot at Disneyland in 1956 decided to post some more retro video goodness for all of us! In this clip we see glimpses from Adventureland, which is a cowboy and Indians themed area of the park. I believe it has changed a lot of the years though. Which is your favorite area of Disneyland?...

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A digitally restored home movie shot at Disneyland, California in 1956. Not only was the park only a year old but Walt Disney him self can be seen in the beginning shaking hands with the author’s grand mother. I really love how vivid, colorful and happy everything looks like. The post war optimism and friendliness really shines through the lens and into your heart. See...

Sweden’s Oldest Amusement Park
Written by Chris Alm in Roadtrip

Sweden’s Oldest Amusement Park

Gröna Lund in Stockholm is one of a handful amusement parks in Sweden. It might not be the biggest one, but it is certainly the oldest. Built in 1883, on the seashore overlooking the masses of water that divides Stockholm into something that sometimes is referred to as the Swedish version of Venice. Over exaggerated perhaps, but there is some truth in the claim. I...

Kitschy Swedish Postcards from the 1960s

Winter is almost upon us in northern Europe, but these newly found postcards of retro Sweden brings back kitschy summer vibes that are sure to warm anyone. Those of you with sharp eyes might spot that a few of the cards depict Sweden pre-1967, when we still had left-side traffic. Native Swedes might even recognize some or all of the places. But for those who...

The Disneyland Hotel in Yesteryear Anaheim

I am strangely fascinated by the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California. Built in 1955 along with the park it was actually not operated by the Walt Disney Company until 1988 due to the building of the park had tapped Walt Disney for most of his financial resources. The Hotel has obviously been rebuilt, added to and updated over the decades but it still features the...

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A Swingin’ London Tower

The Post Office Tower (later British Telecom Tower) was built in the early 1960s on commission by the General Post Office to be used to carry groovy signals across London. It raises almost 180 meters over the ground and once had both a observation deck, cocktail bar and a restaurant at the top. Sadly, the observation deck was closed down in 1971 after a bomb...

Postcards of Googie Architecture in California

Since we all love kitschy postcards, I thought this would be a great way to start off the week. Here’s a sample of postcards of yesteryear California. Including motels, restaurants, diners, bowling alleys and everything between that all share the “Googie” styled design and architecture that became popular on the West Coast in the 1950s and 1960s. The “Googie” style took its influence from futurist...

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